Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare
Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club has been in existence since 1962 and golf has been played for 43 years over the lush rolling tree lined landscape that drains into Dromoland Lough with the Castle as a backdrop.
The course was been entirely revamped in 2004 at a cost of over €5million, and has subsequently been refined and polished over following few years.
The Course architects, Ron Kirby and the late JB Carr teamed up again following their success at the Old Head of Kinsale. The result is nothing short of spectacular and places Dromoland at the vanguard of "must play" golf destinations on the island of Ireland.
Already the course has earned a reputation equalling that of Adare and Mount Juliet and the quality of the greens and tees is compared very favourably to the very best worldwide.
The Dromoland Castle Golf Academy officially opened on 1 August 2006. The Academy is open to Members of Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club, Hotel Residents of the Castle and Dromoland Castle Golf Academy Privilege Card Holders only.
After his incredible revamping of the Dromoland Course, Ron Kirby has turned his hand to designing the most modern golf practice facilities in Ireland at Dromoland Castle. The stone clad, slate roofed structure houses 9 driving range bays and a fully enclosed teaching bay. All the bays will be fitted with Golf-Tech's second generation fully automated 'Power Tees' - alleviating the need for bending down for your next ball and allowing more enjoyable and better quality practice time. With 4 bunkered target greens ranging between 100 and 250 metres and at a total length of 300 metres, the driving range will provide a wide variety of shot selection.
In the summer months, the two 500 square metre grass teeing areas will be open for use. This will allow golfers instant feedback from conditions exactly as they would find on the fairways on the golf course. The opening hours of the driving range will be extended by the use of non-intrusive floodlights. These will not only be mounted on the roof of the bays but also at ground level at strategic positions along it's entire length, allowing for only the target areas and ball flight zones to be lit with little or no interference to the surrounding areas. The short game area includes two USGA specification greens with the same Penn A4/G6 Creeping Bent grass as used on the golf course - a 500 square metre Putting Green to hone the perfect stroke before you tackle Kirby's greens on the course, and a 450 square metre Bunker and Chipping Green. The Bunker and Chipping Green offers a number of lies, slopes and grass lengths to practice from. In addition to a well shaped, large greenside bunker, there is also a riveted face links style bunker, modelled on the famous 'Road Hole' bunker on the 17th at St Andrews. Dromoland Castle's resident resort PGA Golf Professional, David Foley, will be available to provide tuition to all levels of golfer, from the complete beginner upwards. Personalised programs and state of the art teaching aids and methods will be used to allow the golfer to enjoy learning and developing the unique challenges that golf has to offer. To book a lesson or for more information, telephone 061 368 444 or e-mail proshop@dromoland.
Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club Course Information
Dromoland Golf and Country Club
Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare
Tel: 353 61368444 Fax: 353 61368498